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This house, whose name means "The Flying Eagle," is located in Cap-à-l'Aigle in the region of Charlevoix in Quebec.

October 18, 2016
by Canadian Architect

Photo credit: Adrien Williams

Photo credit: Adrien Williams

This house, whose name means “The Flying Eagle,” is located in Cap-à-l’Aigle in the region of Charlevoix in Quebec. Designed by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects, its “V” shape and long facade suspend over nature. While discrete from the street and closed to the north, it unfolds towards the river, as though to take flight.

Regarding the form, two longitudinal prisms are laid up one on top of the other. A voluntary misalignment allows contemplation of the scenery. The long glass facades provide different perspectives and framings of the river, the forest, and the city of Malbaie below. Close up, the house remains mysterious, as it is camouflaged by the trees. The second floor massing casts over the entrance for protection. The hall faces a large south-facing window with a view onto the cement pool, which seems to extend out to the river. The first floor has a guest wing as well as a living room. The expended steel staircase is inviting and bright, and leads to the living areas.

Photo credit: Adrien Williams

Photo credit: Adrien Williams

The second floor is cantilevered and protrudes toward the river. The living areas succeed one another, and the completely open space provides a clear view of the horizon. A vast terrace was built on the roof of the lower floor. The master suite is also located on this floor, slightly set back in the woods.

In terms of material, both storeys are covered with a grey wooden facing. The facades that are hidden or protected by the roof over-hangs are covered with Western cedar. This warm wood extends indoors to the ceiling, emphasizing the continuation effect from the inside out.

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